Posted 7/19/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Borderline Auto Club’s car show Saturday was its sixth annual, and it had a major growth spurt.
After generally attracting about 50 vehicles in recent years, this show brought a record total of 96 cars and motorcycles.
President Dave Gjovig cited a bigger advertising effort across a few radio stations and newspapers.
He also said the auto club has begun planning its show in partnership with the Divide County Historical Society, which is in charge of the Threshing Show that happens concurrently.
“We went over to a meeting and they welcomed us with open arms,” Gjovig said.
Entrants in the car show have the opportunity to also drive their cars in the Threshing Show parade, and many of them did. They also received free admission to the Pioneer Village and a meal.
The car show also had a larger location this year that could accommodate more entries, moving over to Vournas Field from its former site in Kulaas Park.
Gjovig said the new location was far friendlier for Threshing Show visitors as well: Vournas Field is adjacent to the grounds, whereas Kulaas Park sits three blocks away.
Most of the cars and motorcycles hailed from the immediate area of Divide, Burke, Williams and Sheridan counties, as well as some Canadian towns.
The car owner who made the longest drive to participate was Elwood Anderson of Lancaster, Texas, who came to attend his 50th class reunion and brought a Ford Mustang from his graduation year of 1966.
Next year is another opportunity to boost participation and attendance, as the Borderline Auto Club will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.
“We’re hoping to be even bigger and better next year,” Gjovig said.
Top-10 award winners at this year’s show were Paul Sagaser, Epping, 1970 Plymouth Superbird; Dan Gedak, Estevan, 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air; Tim Gjovig, Crosby, 1961 Chevrolet Impala with “Bubbletop”; Jeff Greaves, Crosby, 1957 Chevrolet Impala; Vicki Gervies, Estevan, 1957 Ford Fairlane with retractable top; Ken Krebsbach, Crosby, 1932 DeSoto; Bob Larson, Crosby, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner; Dave Pittenger, Grenora, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner; Jason and Crystal Schauber, Williston, 1972 Chevrolet C10; and Bob Larson, Crosby, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette.
Gervies won Best of Show among the car entries, while Tim Heuer of Noonan had the winning motorcycle, a 1976 Harley-Davidson with a Shovelhead engine.